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3D Motion + Kinematics Analysis

The Sports Science lab uses state-of-the-art motion tracking software to analyze sport-specific motion based on angular velocities, joint angles and accelerations. This technology provides a detailed analysis of an athlete’s biomechanics, which describes how the kinetic chain is functioning. Muscles, connective tissues, joints, bones, nerves, and gravity, all work together like links in a chain to create a delicate system that ideally works effectively and efficiently. Healthy biomechanics enable us to move efficiently by properly supporting all the elements of the kinetic chain.

Poor biomechanics cause the body to overcompensate for failing links, resulting in increased energy expenditure, muscle fatigue, and pain. What’s worse, even a temporally failing link can influence and alter the brain’s record on how to move optimally. This is what leads to poor habit formation, poor muscle memory and the continuation of poor biomechanics. Understanding of the kinetic chain can enable us to effectively treat our pain. If we treat only the location of the symptoms, or use a singular correction approach, we fail to treat the source of dysfunction within the kinetic chain and the symptoms will likely reoccur.

The quantitative results from the 3D motion and kinematic assessment allow our sports scientists to scientifically analyze movement patterns and to identify biomechanical inefficiencies and muscular imbalances that may be invisible to the human eye or may go undetected. Our team of experts will work closely with coaches, trainers, and parents in developing a customized formula aimed at correcting an athlete’s structural deficiencies, thus ensuring that the athlete performs at their optimal level and breaks through any pre-existing barriers of performance limitations caused by undetected inefficiencies or imbalances.

Professional sport organizations such the Houston Texans (NFL), Philadelphia Phillies (MLB), St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), Ultimate Fighter (UFC), University of Nebraska, University of Michigan, and Nike’s Sport Lab have implemented this technology for their athletes.

Professional sport organizations such the Houston Texans (NFL), Philadelphia Phillies (MLB), St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), Ultimate Fighter (UFC), University of Nebraska, University of Michigan, and Nike’s Sport Lab have implemented this technology for their athletes.

Benefits to athletes

  • Helps athlete reach their peak performance levels
  • Better movement efficiency
  • Detect and correct muscular imbalances
  • Corrects structural deficiencies
  • Prevent occurrence of injuries
  • Prevent overcompensation or repetitive use injuries

Neurotechnology: Brain Training

The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a cutting-edge performance optimizing technology that combines principles of music, sports and neuroplasticity to improve focus, concentration, coordination and timing. It can also be used to improve language processing, reading and math fluency, and control of impulsivity/aggression. Correct timing and coordination are crucial to athletic success when even the smallest errors in timing can make a difference between victory and loss. The IM provides a training program that involves matching various motor activities with the beat of a metronome while measuring the timing accuracy to within milliseconds. This technology improves connectivity and communication between the different task-oriented structures in the brain, resulting in a better ability to adapt one’s movements to specific conditions, tasks and environments, making the coordination between the mind and the muscles easier, and as a consequence, more effective.

This unique technology is used by hundreds of professional athletes such as professional golfers Vijay Singh and Glen Day to gain mental precision in timing and the transmission of messages along the neural pathways, effectively gaining a competitive edge. In addition to these athletes, IM has been used by many university and professional sports teams to improve performance, including: Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Dolphins (NFL), Florida Panthers (NHL), University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, University of North Carolina and the University of Miami.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved timing of movements
  • Improved accuracy of movements
  • Better decision-making
  • Faster reaction time
  • Better competitive edge

Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill

Originally designed to enhance exercise programs for NASA astronauts, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is among the most advanced next-generation sports rehabilitation technologies ever created. The system uses NASA-patented differential air pressure unweighting technology to reduce the users’ bodyweight by as much as 80 percent, thus reducing the risk of stress injuries caused by weight-bearing activities and helping to speed up recovery. Particularly for users with lower extremity injuries, physical therapy and other rehabilitation methods often have to be delayed because weight bearing activities, high impact activities such as walking or running can exacerbate the injury. Since the Alter G treadmill eliminates the difficulties associated with body weight, it can be used early in the rehabilitation process to normalize gait mechanics, and safely perform aerobic conditioning without the risk of aggravating the injury.

The world’s most elite athletes such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James use the Alter G treadmill as a part of their daily in-season and off-season training regimen as it reduces the impact on their joints. Other professional organizations that use the alter G include the World Champions New England Patriots, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, and NCAA Football National Champions Ohio State Buckeyes. The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill is currently being used by 29 NFL, 27 NBA, and 21 MLB teams along with 112 Universities and Colleges, including 5 Division II, 7 Division III, and 1 community college. The Anti-Gravity Treadmill is also used in 4 US Olympic Training Centers throughout the world.

The University of Alabama uses Alter G to reduce stress to the lower body when athletes are in the rehabilitation phase. Most recently, their running back Eddie Lacy used Alter G to recover from a toe injury. Alabama’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Jeff Allen explains “what this allows us to do is take a guy and run them at a lower percentage of their body weight. Theoretically, if you weigh 200 pounds, I can put you in here and set this to run you at what it would feel like to run at 50 pounds.”

Benefits to athletes

  • Faster rehabilitation
  • Improved conditioning, even while recovering from injuries
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved performance
  • Reduced risk of injuries
  • Improved running form
  • Reduced impact on joints for athletes, in- or off-season training

Isokinetic Extremity Testing + Rehab

The Isokinetic extremity machine is the ultimate tool for measuring and improving human performance in athletes. It uses 22 standard test and exercise patterns to precisely measure torque-over-time delineating muscle imbalances and inefficiencies from one extremity to the other in various positions. It is so accurate that the NFL has decided to implement isokinetic strength testing as a mandatory component of the Combine. This “lie detector” of muscles and muscle groups helps our Sports Scientists and biomechanic specialists uncover areas of weakness that inhibit performance and increase the risk of injury. The assessments performed on the Isokinetic Extremity machine are designed to quantify mobility, stability, control and strength. A comprehensive analysis of movement includes isokinetic testing, which measures dynamic capabilities of different muscle groups throughout the range of motion; and isometric testing, which is particularly useful when dynamic testing is not possible. These measurements are compared to a large database of healthy professional players and once results are gathered, the machine offers four types of resistance for strengthening and correcting the areas of weakness:

1) Passive Mode (CPM or active assisted) develops the mobility that the athlete requires, from straight pattern movements to complex PNF patterns. This mode can also be used with the weakest of athletes or patients recovering from an injury to stimulate eccentric muscle contraction and proprioception (awareness of muscles in space) by replicating a demonstrated speed.

2) Isometric mode safely stabilizes the joint while avoiding painful range of motion. This mode can also be used for proprioception training that improves the sense of joint positioning.

3) Isokinetic mode is the most efficient way to improve strength. It uses concentric and eccentric loading exercises as well as deceleration training to simulate real-time injury prevention.

4) Isotonic mode facilitates neuromuscular improvement with functional isotonic concentric/eccentric resistance exercises coupled with user defined velocity based feedback displays.

In addition to standard exercise modes, the Norm Isokinetic Extremity System further improves joint position and kinesthetic sense by a games mode, which allows assessment and exercise protocols to be performed without the perception of clinical exercise.
Scientific studies have proven that this technology is effective at reducing pain, improving muscle strength, increasing the velocity of muscle recruitment and stabilizing the joints, all of which are essential for efficient movement and injury prevention. For example, one study in baseball players has shown that Norm Isokinetic Extremity System (formerly known as Cybex) improved muscle velocity and improved shoulder strength in baseball players, which are crucial for pitching success.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Injury prevention
  • Improved movement efficiency
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Faster recovery from exercise
  • Faster rehabilitation
3D Sports Simulation Training

3D Sports Simulation is the only technology of its kind that can simultaneously track the integration of the brain, heart, and body while moving in free space. It uses clinically inspired models to measure various aspects of movement to evaluate sport-specific abilities. The simulator mimics the unpredictable game play by displaying visual cues that the athlete must react to while measuring moment-to-moment reaction time, acceleration, speed, distance traveled and heart rate that cannot be measured with more archaic methods.

Currently, most coaches rely on a stopwatch to test for speed and reaction time. By testing the athletes’ stamina, balance and coordination, visual perception and mobility, the 3D Sports Simulation Technology provides more precise and objective data, allowing coaches and trainers to design better programs that result in improved performance.

The 3D Sports Simulation Technology at the Sports Science Lab is so effective that the United States Air Force uses it to train their fighter pilots. World-renowned sport organizations such as the Cleveland Indians (MLB) and University of Alabama implement this training into daily practice and return to play protocols for their athletes. Hall of Fame and NFL superstar, Deion Sanders, has called it the “future of athlete development”.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Improved reaction time
  • Better hand-eye coordination
  • Accurate and objective data for coaches
  • Assess athlete’s ability to return to play following injury
3D Baseline Concussion Assessment

The 3D Baseline concussion assessment is the most accurate concussion detection system in the industry. Unfortunately, concussions are common in athletes, especially those who play contact sports like soccer or football. While 300,000 sports-related concussions are diagnosed annually, it is estimated that approximately one-third of athletes have suffered undiagnosed concussions. Since the effects of concussions add up over time, it is critically important to diagnose them early and ensure that athletes are sufficiently recovered before returning to their sport. The Sports Science Lab therefore provides the most accurate and sensitive method of concussion assessment. Our 3D Sports Simulation Technology immerses the athlete in a simulated environment that collects and analyzes 3-dimensional movement responses (pre and post concussion) and identifies deficits in neurocognitive testing following an injury. It looks at depth perception, visual acuity anticipation skills, and peripheral awareness. Our team of expert clinicians also use the state-of-the-art sports simulator to establish an objective baseline functional assessment of an athlete while they are in a healthy state. Because movement responses and reaction times are unique to each athlete, our baseline assessment allows our sports scientists to compare the data pre- and post-concussion and determine the extent of the injury and best course of treatment for each athlete. The technology used by the Sports Science Lab is the gold standard of concussion assessment that provides a structured return-to-play protocol that ensures that athlete’s safety and optimal performance.

This assessment is so accurate that the University of Alabama has implemented it as the go-to technology in assessing brain related injuries for all of their athletes.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved rehabilitation after a concussion
  • Reduced risk of future concussions
  • Safer return to play
  • Improved performance post-concussion
Whole Body Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy may be the perfect elixir for faster recovery after periods of physical training. During intense physical activities, the joints and muscles get overused, resulting in fatigue of the joints and the tearing of muscle tissues. The result is the induction of the body’s repair system, which is physically manifested as pain and inflammation. Inflammation happens when cells involved in repair are recruited to the site of injury, where they release enzymes that form the machinery of workers to repair damaged tissues. The inflammation process is normal and necessary to build stronger joints and muscles, but it often limits the performance of athletes, especially if it persists for a long time.

Cryotherapy, translated as “cold cure” exposes the body to a controlled temperature that ranges from minus 166 to minus 274 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes. The extremely cold temperature activates the body’s fight-or-flight reaction, ensuing vasoconstriction and the consequent reduction in the production of molecules that are the cause for inflammation. After the treatment, the body immediately reheats and vasodilation occurs, flushing the muscles with oxygenated blood, thus speeding up the healing process. Cryotherapy works by the temporary numbing of the nerve endings that report to the brain that you have pain in your joints or muscles while also inducing the release of endorphins (aka. feel good hormones) that endow athletes with the mental fortitude to train harder, longer, and at a higher frequency.

Cryotherapy is a safe and effective mechanism to minimize the pain associated with inflammation, and therefore allows intense physical activity even when the body is in repair mode. Each cryotherapy session only takes three minutes versus twenty minutes in a cold tub and is clinically proven to be much more effective for therapy and sports performance properties.

Many professional sports organizations across the globe have incorporated whole body Cryotherapy into their training routines due to its convenience and effectiveness. Athletes, ranging from professionals to weekend warriors, claim that Cryotherapy gives them an edge over competitors by allowing them to prepare more effectively for competition, recover faster from workouts, and train harder. Elite athletes such as Floyd Mayweather, Lebron James, and Cristiano Ronaldo all implement this recovery technology into their everyday training routine. Professional Organizations that have incorporated this technology for their athletes include: the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Sparks, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maple Leaf Toronto, The Olympic Sports Center of Poland, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, New York Rangers, and the United States Olympic Team.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Faster recovery from exercise
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Faster rehabilitation
  • Better competitive edge

Localized Cryotherapy

Localized cryotherapy is similar to whole body cryotherapy, but it targets a specific muscle area or spasm. Therapy is applied with a localized device, which disperses cold air that reaches -25 to -40oC by a precision hose, which cools the affected area. Localized cryotherapy is more powerful and effective than traditional icing and takes between 3 to 5 minutes per session, compared to 10 to 15 minutes of icing.

The extremely cold temperature activates the body’s fight-or-flight reaction, ensuing vasoconstriction and the consequent reduction in the production of molecules that are the cause for inflammation. After the treatment, the body immediately reheats and vasodilation occurs, flushing the muscles with oxygenated blood, thus speeding up the healing process. Cryotherapy works by the temporary numbing of the nerve endings that report to the brain that you have pain in your joints or muscles while also inducing the release of endorphins (aka. feel good hormones) that endow athletes with the mental fortitude to train harder, longer, and at a higher frequency.

Elite athletes such as Floyd Mayweather, Lebron James, and Cristiano Ronaldo all implement this recovery technology into their everyday training routine.

Professional Organizations that have incorporated this technology for their athletes include: the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Sparks, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maple Leaf Toronto, The Olympic Sports Center of Poland, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, New York Rangers, and the United States Olympic Team.

Benefits to athletes

  • improved performance
  • faster recovery from exercise
  • reduced muscle soreness
  • faster rehabilitation
  • better competitive edge
Pneumatic Compression Pulse Technology

Pneumatic compression sequential pulse technology revolutionizes massage therapy in sports medicine. Compression massage therapy is one of the most effective recovery tools for athletes who want maximum performance and accelerated recovery. This method has been proven increase blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, as well as to reduce both muscle swelling and fatigue. This patented device, which is based on three distinct massage techniques, stimulates blood flow out of muscles, allowing metabolites that are the cause of pain and inflammation to be flushed out of the tissue. This device uses dynamic compression that mimics the natural flushing pulses of the muscle. These pulses move from the extremities upward to prevent the backflow of blood, speeding up the removal of waste products, such as lactic acid, that are created in the muscle during intense exercise. If the compression therapy is used before exercise or before a game, it will aid in the warm up process of the muscles, effectively helping reduce the risk of injury. Athletes have reported feeling refreshed and less sore after using the compression, which allows them to return to training faster and, thus maximizing their performance extensively.

Many professional athletes implement this technology as part of their daily training routine. Among these athletes are professional cyclists, triathlon competitors and professional players from the MLB, NBA, and NFL such as Larry Fitzgerald, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, and Vernon Davis.

Benefits to athletes

  • Faster recovery from exercise
  • Faster rehabilitation
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Injury prevention
Powerplate Technology

Power Plate® Vibration Therapy is a futuristic whole body workout exercise machine that engages 95 percent of your muscle fibers, giving you enhanced and efficient fitness workouts. Some of the wide-ranging effects of this stimulation are weight loss, core conditioning and strengthening, improved balance and coordination, and enhanced bone density.

The technology behind Power Plate® equipment utilizes the secrets of the Soviet cosmonauts back in the 1960s to promote muscle tone by increasing the acceleration or the force of gravity to stimulate your body’s natural response to vibration.

Using PrecisionWave™ Technology – a high-fidelity harmonic vibration system – this revolutionary training technique delivers controlled waves of energy racing throughout your body. These vibrations cause your muscles to respond with rapid-fire contractions – between 25 and 50 times per second.

In fact, there are over 200 published scientific studies documenting the benefits that Acceleration Training can help you achieve.

Drawing upon the science behind a body’s natural response to vibration, Power Plate’s patented dual-synch driven vibrating platform triggers up to 50 reflexive muscle contractions per second. As the user’s body works to regain stability, up to 95 percent of the body’s muscle fibers become engaged in any single movement, significantly amplifying the effectiveness of any exercise performed on the plate. Research also shows that whole-body vibration stimulates the body’s natural production of the regenerative growth hormone that maintains tissue repair, muscle growth, brain function, energy and metabolism, all contributing factors to enhanced athletic performance and recovery.

“Power Plate has proven to be a very effective and popular training modality with our players,” said Chicago Bulls Strength and Conditioning Coach Erik Helland. “It has demonstrated impressive results even after a short period of use, increasing players’ strength, flexibility, metabolism and flexibility. Power Plate has also proved to be a good remedy to soreness and pain reduction, while accelerating the injury-rehab cycle.”

More than 100 professional sports teams around the world, including 75 percent of the four major sports franchises in the U.S., and scores of collegiate sports programs and Olympic training facilities worldwide, currently use Power Plate.  Among an ever-growing roster of top-name athletes relying on Power Plate as a key component of their training regimen are four-time World Champion cyclist Sarah Hammer, LA Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier, numerous professional golfers including Lee Westwood and Jesper Parnevek, and tennis stars Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.

Benefits to athletes

  • stimulates muscle strength and agility
  • improved flexibility, bone density, and blood circulation
  • aids in retaining a sense of balance and well-being
  • significantly increases core motion and stability

Isoinertial Technology

Isoinertial training is a revolutionary resistance training technology that was initially developed to combat muscle and bone loss during space travel. It uses the principles of strength training, but uses a flywheel, which allows the muscles to work through a wider range of motion at the maximum capacity than traditional weight training. The flywheel is accelerated or decelerated with muscle force and the level of inertia, which is proportional to speed, determines the force needed to move the device.

In traditional strength training, direction of motion varies for different exercises, but the direction of gravity is always the same. As a result, the maximum force is achieved at the so-called sticking point”. At one repetition maximum (1 RM), an athlete just passes the sticking point, but would be able to lift more weight in other angles of motion. Flywheel training is isoinertial (it maintains a constant inertia) throughout the range of motion, allowing the muscles to work at the maximal force at every angle. Flywheel training also allows the muscles to work under eccentric overload, or the downward portion of an exercise. Eccentric exercises are often under utilized by athletes, but provide great benefits for muscle strength, as muscles are approximately 30% stronger in the eccentric phase than in the concentric phase (the upward motion of the muscle). Eccentric exercises also strengthen the connective tissue around the muscles, improve flexibility and reduce muscle soreness in the future.

Scientific studies on flywheel isoinertial training have shown that this type of training stimulates more muscle growth and strength and a results in a higher degree of muscle activation by the nervous system compared to traditional weight training. This technology therefore helps athletes improve their strength and flexibility and results in optimal performance while reducing the risk of injury.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved range of motion
  • Improved strength
  • Improved muscle mass gain
  • Reduced future soreness
  • Reduced risk of injury

Huber Motion 3D Exercise Technology

Designed for progressive work, from simple warm-up exercises to intensive muscular strengthening and reconditioning, the state-of the-art Huber Motion 3D exercise technology is equipped with highly perceptive sensors that precisely isolate muscle groups to strengthen areas of weakness or instability. It is unique in its ability to strengthen and condition 180 deep spinal muscles and their surrounding joints, improving mobility and fluidity of movement.

Huber Motion Technology was designed and developed by leading European physicians, physical therapists, strength conditioning coaches and experts in biomechanics to offer the most state-of-the-art three dimensional rehabilitation/exercise equipment in the world today.

Huber Motion has developed a conditioning protocol for various sports, including golf, to baseball, or tennis. The customizable routine function on the machine allows you to target whatever weakness you have, which will produce a positive difference in your training.

Reinforcing and conditioning the entire spinal structure, Huber Motion effectively optimizes the biomechanics of movement in all sports. The machine’s virtual trainer provides repetitive and consistent movement patterns that mimic athletic performance in sports such as golf, baseball, hockey, football, tennis, basketball, golf and board sports such as skiing and surfing.

STRENGTHEN & ENHANCE PHYSIQUE
A strong, stable spine is essential to sports performance and injury prevention. The Huber Motion provides intensive targeted core and spinal muscle strengthening to provide a solid foundation of support.

INCREASE EXPLOSIVE POWER
Huber Motion increases agility in athletes, helping them perform more efficiently with greater symmetry and explosive power. A moving unstable environment forces the shoulders and hips to move separately to dynamically build core power.

IMPROVE BALANCE + EQUILIBRIUM
The functional exercises performed with Huber Motion utilizes the naturally occurring interaction between neurological input and muscular performance. This creates a kinematic muscular reaction in which the spine and supporting core spinal muscles strive to maintain equilibrium which challenges the somatosensory system to improve coordination, balance and posture.

ENHANCE COORDINATION & PROPRIOCEPTION
Huber Motion’s rotating platform provides an unstable environment to improve balance and symmetry of movement enhancing an athletes fluidity and agility. Coordination scores for left and right symmetry are provided after each session.

IMPROVE RANGE OF MOTION
A moving column and rotating platform provide a 3-D environment for a wide range of targeted, dynamic exercises to stretch spinal musculature, improve flexibility and increase proper range of motion. Huber Motion is safe and effective for all ages and is challenging for beginners and professional athletes alike.

InBody Composition Analysis

InBody body composition analyzer is the most accurate non-invasive method of analyzing body composition. It measures bio-electrical impedance, or the flow of electrical current through body tissue, to estimate the amount of body fat, lean muscle and water in the body to provide an accurate and repeatable analysis of overall health. InBody analyzer is the only non-invasive technology of its kind that is 98.4% as accurate as DEXA scan, the gold standard of body composition analysis used in scientific research laboratories.

Body composition in an important factor in athletic performance. The amount of lean muscle mass and fat in the body determine an athlete’s strength and provide fuel for athletic activities. The ideal body composition varies for different sports and even for different positions in the same sport. For example, athletes who rely on strength and short, explosive movements benefit from having a higher body weight and more lean muscle mass, whereas athletes who rely on aerodynamics, such as cyclists and marathon runners, benefit from having a lower body weight and less lean muscle mass. InBody analyzer gives a precise measurement of the body composition in the trunk, arms and legs and can identify any imbalances or problem areas in the body.

The detailed report of InBody body composition analysis also includes measurements of basal metabolic rate, which indicates how much energy is used at rest and is an important factor in determining the optimal diet for athletes. These measurements allow our team of sports science experts to develop the best training and nutrition plan for individual athletes to achieve the optimal body composition, improve energy levels and performance. They also allow our experts to monitor athlete’s progress and modify their plans as required.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Improved strength
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved health
Cardiopulmonary V02 MAX

The VO2 Max Assessment is the ultimate indicator of cardiovascular fitness and has been used for decades to determine aerobic capacity. The test is based on the premise that the amount of oxygen used by muscles is relative to the intensity of exercise. VO2 max values refer to the maximum amount of oxygen that can be used by muscles and represents an individual’s capacity to withstand the rigors of exercise. The technology used by the Sports Science Lab is at the forefront of cardiopulmonary exercise testing and utilizes a new approach in the measurement of oxygen consumption during and after exertion. It not only measures VO2 max, but also calculates sub-max VO2 and the individual’s anaerobic threshold. It also provides a metabolic assessment with a body composition analysis and by calculating the resting metabolic rate, which indicates the amount of energy, or calories, spent during rest. In addition, this test aids in the uncovering of fitness deficiencies by analyzing expired gases during exercise, allowing our sports scientists to customize training plans and formulas aimed to improve aerobic endurance and ensure optimal performance while reducing the risk of injury.

The VO2 max test has been used for decades by professional organizations such as the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, and UFC. ESPN’s Sport Science has recently analyzed former UFC Welterweight Champion, George St. Pierre, to determine if his anaerobic threshold gives him an edge during competition. During the assessment, host Jon Brenkus discovered that GSP had an anaerobic threshold 15% greater than his competitors. These data show that when GSP’s opponents have reached their cardiopulmonary limit, he is only at 85% of his max, proving how important cardiovascular fitness is in gaining an edge over the competition.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Improved endurance
  • Better competitive edge
  • More efficient training
Super Pulsed Laser Technology

Super Pulsed Laser technology is among the most advanced technologies in sports rehabilitation. This technology is designed to get athletes back in the game quickly following an injury and has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating sports injuries. Trauma from sports injuries and intense exercise stimulates the release of chemicals that cause inflammation, which in turn, may cause damage in the long term to soft tissues and may predispose athletes to develop early-onset arthritis and degenerative damage in the joints. Super Pulsed Laser emits brief pulses of light onto damaged cells, where photons of light stimulate a series of cellular reactions to produce enzymes, increase blood and lymphatic flow and stimulate collagen production, which in turn, accelerates tissue healing, reducing inflammation, thus shortening the rehabilitation time from injuries, as well as the recovery time between workout sessions. Moreover, Super Pulsed Laser Technology can be used either as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other accelerated recovery modalities offered at the Sports Science Lab.

For the past decade, this technology has revolutionized treatment in the professional sports training rooms including the NBA, NHL, and USA Cycling, Ironman, and the United States Olympics. It has been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for pain associated with tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and plantar fasciitis.

Benefits to athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Injury prevention
  • Improved movement efficiency
  • Reduced pain (tennis elbow, golfers elbow and plantar fasciitis)
  • Faster rehabilitation
  • Faster recovery from exercise
  • Reduced muscle soreness
  • Shorter treatment time
Marc Pro Muscle Recovery

The Sports Science Lab uses the most effective muscle stimulator that reduces muscle fatigue and soreness, speeds up recovery and results in a faster return to play. The developer of this technology, MarcPro, used 30 years of scientific research to develop a device that improves physiological function of muscles. This technology is unique in its ability to stimulate muscles that are difficult to contract while preventing discomfort and fatigue.

The device works by applying small electrical currents to the muscle, which stimulate muscle contractions. Unlike most other muscle stimulators, which cause quick and strong muscle contractions that are often painful, MarcPro uses scientifically backed settings to comfortably contract and then slowly relax muscles in a manner that simulates active recovery. These gentle muscle contractions improve blood and lymph flow, deliver nutrients to the muscles, remove waste products and stimulate tissue repair after intense exercise.

MarcPro reduces muscle fatigue and soreness, allowing athletes to recover faster and get back to training sooner after intense exercise. Using MarcPro between training sessions aids in building muscle strength and improves conditioning and performance of muscles. It can also be used for warm up before exercise and for massage.

This technology is used by professional athletes and teams from many sports, including cycling, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, triathlon and crossfit.

Benefits for athletes

  • Improved performance
  • Faster recovery
  • Faster return to play
  • Reduced risk of injury
Eye Tracking Technology

In sports, proper visual accuracy, eye motility and depth perception are closely linked to a higher level of athletic performance; whether hitting a fast ball, dunking a basketball, stopping a puck from going in, or scoring an unbelievable goal, an athlete depends on their eyes to perform at their greatest.

Eye tracking technology gives our sports scientist a very insightful tool into how the athlete perceives his/her surroundings, how they gather information about the field and his/her opponent strengths and weaknesses, the distance between them and their target, how they will perform a task and to make athletes aware of their own behavior to improve their performance.

The wearable eye tracker is very lightweight and does not obstruct vision nor mobility, enabling an athlete to perform their sport with as little interference as possible while at the same time ; Eye tracking is based on strategically located cameras taking up to 100 pictures a second of the fovea, which is a part of the retina of the eye where visual acuity reaches its highest point and where the center of the field of vision is located, allowing it to follow and track fine eye movements accurately and precisely in every condition, no matter the athlete’s size or sport .

This eye tracking technology has been used within a wide range of fields which include psycho-linguistics, neuroscience and sports medicine among many other fields of study.

As an example, Eye tracking technology can be used as a valuable tool for the folowing disciplines:

  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Hockey
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Skiing
  • Motorsport, Nascar driving
  • American football
  • Fencing
  • Tennis
  • Track running
  • Mountain biking
  • Golf
  • Archery
Halo Sport Neuropriming

The Halo Sport is a wearable fitness device that works through a process called Neuropriming. Neuropriming is the process of using neuro-stimulation during athletic training to build stronger, more optimized connections between the brain and the muscles. Neuropriming introduces a state of hyper-learning or “hyperplasticity” in the brain, which refines the brain’s ability to learn and adapt to athletic training. This allows athletes to see better results, faster.

Athletes wear Halo Sport before or during training, and the device’s soft foam primers deliver electrical stimulation to the brain’s motor cortex. This increases neuroplasticity, which accelerates the optimization of neuromuscular circuitry through training. Improved neuromuscular output leads to more precise, coordinated, and/or explosive movement — whichever the athlete targets during training.

Currently, Cleveland Browns linebacker Demario Davis, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Marcus Smith, Browns center Gabe Ikard, New England Patriots linebacker Trevor Bates, and, Oakland Raiders cornerback T.J. Carrie are all using Halo Sport and have all reported seeing improvements to their overall performance.

As a result of Halo Sport, Carrie has seen his vertical jump increase by six to eight inches and he has added 80 pounds to his squat.

Halo Sport builds on decades of academic research surrounding tDCS, TES, and other types of non-invasive brain stimulation. Over two thousand peer-reviewed papers speak to the efficacy, reliability, and safety of Halo Sport.

Altitude Training System

The Altitude Training mask is designed to simulate low-oxygen altitudes. This technology can mimic altitudes up to and beyond 15,000 feet. This system is great for athletes that are currently injured or rehabbing, as it allows for a proper cardiovascular workout. By maintaining and increasing aerobic capacity levels while injured, SSL’s exercise scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, and performance enhancement specialists can focus on reconditioning and work on sport-specific skills. This makes the transition back to the field much easier. Most importantly, it allows the athlete to train harder and recover faster.

The system can also be used for weight training, as the altitude environment will increase their muscle mass, strength and endurance. Combined with the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill, the Altitude Training Mask can significantly increase cardiovascular output, while reducing the impact on the body and joints. This allows for improvement in fitness levels, while rehabbing at the same time. This can also benefit athletes by preparing them in competitions at specific altitudes, all while simulating the oxygen environment. This will provide a competitive edge for their upcoming game or match.

Currently, this system is being utilized for rehab/cardiovascular strength at the pro and college level. The Falcons, Jets, Steelers, and Miami Heat all have implemented this system in their clubhouses/training areas. Elite athletes like LeBron James and Julio Jones have also incorporated this system into their training routines.